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January 16, 2021

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David Rempel Smucker: "We had been out in the country setting off firecrackers"

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Written by David Rempel Smucker: "One memorable teenage experience pertained to a July 4 night, when a group of us were celebrating in a car. We had been out in the country setting off firecrackers and decided to drive through Bluffton to the country on the other side of town.


BHS grad's company makes major donation to fitness center

Ricky Matter Strength and Conditioning Center, used every month of the year by dozens of Pirate athletes, is now the envy of most Ohio high schools

The Bluffton High School Ricky Matter Strength and Conditioning Center is now the envy of most high schools in Ohio, thanks to a very significant equipment donation from Rogue Fitness, Columbus.

While Rogue Fitness may not be a household name to Icon viewers, the owners of the company are. Caity Matter Henniger and her husband, Bill, own of the Columbus-based company.

Janet Kohli was involved in Bible Study Fellowship

Janet Carole (Bright) Kohli died Jan. 4, 2021, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. Janet was born in Findlay on Dec. 10, 1937, to the late Weldon and Hilda (Rangler) Bright. 

A sister, Doris (Dick) Barchent and a brother Bob (Martha) Bright preceded her in death. A brother, Charles (Sally) Bright survives. 

Janet married Edward Kohli on May 12, 1957, and they were married 63 years. Edward survives, as well as three children; Carole (Mark) Petersen of Wauseon, John (Kira) Kohli of Pandora and Barbara (Stephen) Scott also of Pandora. 


"I enjoy art because it is a means for expression"

Meet Nicole Boyle, Icon's BHS artist of the month

Nicole Boyle, Bluffton High School junior, is the Bluffton Icon student artist for January.

Nicole has taken art each year in high school and her classes have included Art 1, Design 1 and currently Design 2. 

In the photo, she holds an art project that she says represents her childhood and outlook on life. 

About her art, Nicole says: "I enjoy art because it is a means for expression." Vickie Garmon is the Bluffton High School art teacher.


ODOT plans maintenance on SR 696 bridge in 2021

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 seeks public comments concerning planned maintenance on a bridge in Richland Township in 2021.

The bridge is located at the State Route 696 and U.S. 30 interchange just east of the village of Beaverdam. 

The maintenance work on this bridge will require the closure of the ramp that allows traffic to head east on U.S. 30 from State Route 696 and traffic to access State Route 696 from U.S. 30.   

Finding inspiration during COVID

Active Aging with Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

This column is provided by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, the area’s trusted senior care provider.  For more information visit mhcoliving.org or call 419-358-1015. 

A woman, I'll call Debra, attended one of the classes that I teach. She asked, "how can I stay socially connected and motivated during this isolation period?  My health is vulnerable and I need to be very careful."

How many of you wonder the same?  It's very hard to stay motivated and engaged in a world you're not allowed to connect with, especially if your health is compromised.